September - June 2009
Aamir Mufti is associate professor of comparative literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. His academic training is in literature and anthropology, and his areas of specialization include: colonial and postcolonial literatures, with a primary focus on India and Britain, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century Urdu literature in particular; Marxism and aesthetics; Frankfurt School critical theory; minority cultures; and the history of anthropology. He is the author of Enlightenment in the Colony: The Jewish Question and the Crisis of Postcolonial Culture (Princeton, 2007) and co-editor of Dangerous Liaisons: Gender, Nation, and Postcolonial Perspectives (Minneapolis, 1997). His work has appeared in such periodicals as Social Text, Critical Inquiry, Subaltern Studies, boundary 2 and the Village Voice. His Clark-Oakley project undertakes a new understanding of the artistic representation of India's partition in comparative and global terms. The focus will be on the work of Zarina, a New York-based printmaker.